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Top Ten Cheap Eats in New York City from Ahoy New York Food Tours, NYC

Hello and we hope you are enjoying your summer! Many of you on our food themed walking tours love to discover hidden gems that have tasty foods and great prices. We’ve put together a list of “cheap eats” that will leave your mouth watering.  Our list includes spots all throughout Manhattan, enjoy!

1. Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant: locations in the East Village and Greenwich Village. Order a falafel sandwich for the cost of $2.50! Mamoun’s is rated one of the top falafel restaurants in NYC.

2. Pomme Frites: 123 Second Ave. (East Village) If you love French fries, these Belgian fries will be #1 on your list. Order a “regular” size cone of fries and a couple of dipping sauces (we suggest sweet mango chutney and Vietnamese pineapple)… your total will be $6.50 and enough for 2-3 people to have a yummy snack.

3. Vanessa’s Dumpling House: 118 Eldridge St (between Grand St & Broome St) While you can order dumplings here, 4 for $1.00, we suggest trying their sesame pancakes for 50 cents a piece! They have lots of other treats and all and all one will spend roughly $5.00 for a complete meal.

4. Flex Mussels: locations in the West Village and UES. Flex Mussels cooks up some of the tastiest mussels — their origin, Prince Edward Island. Here is the amazing deal that they offer: $20 for two pots plus fries. 5:30-7 Monday- Friday, 5-7 Saturday, 4-7 Sunday. Bar and Counter only. Choice of Fra Diavolo, Dijon, Classic. Also, with the few $ you’ve saved, make sure to visit their dessert menu… let’s just say Top Chef is involved!

5.  Crif Dogs: 113 St. Marks Pl (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) These hot dogs are not your average hot dogs. With names like the spicy redneck and hot dogs wrapped in bacon, you are in for a unique hot dog delight. A hot dog runs $4-$5, while this may not seem “cheap” consider counting this as a meal, and you’ll recognize that a dinner under $20.00 is a cheap eat in New York City.

6. Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles: 1 Doyers Street (Chinatown)  This off-the-beaten path location in Chinatown has been featured on TV and in many food blogs. We recommend their hand-pulled noodle soup with dumplings, total cost $5.25 and includes complimentary tea (btw the portion is huge). This place has a “hole in the wall” vibe — but it is tasty and recommended by some of the biggest foodies out there!

7. Itzocan Cafe: 438 E 9th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) This Mexican cafe in the East Village has an amazing carne enchilada cimeta for $10.00. If you are looking for some authentic Mexican eats at a reasonable price, look no further.

8. R.U.B. BBQ: 208 W 23rd St (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave) If you are in search of a great burger AND one at a great price this Chelsea spot is a must. Your juicy and delicious burger will cost you a mere $7.50.

9. Rubirosa: 235 Mulberry St (between Spring St & Prince St) While there are so many pizza joints in NYC, this Nolita restaurant should be on the top of your pizza pie eating list. Order a slice for $2.50 and you’ll be sure to enjoy the thin crust slice, topped with crushed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella… YUMMY.

10. Sushi Zen: 108 W 44th St (between Avenue Of The Americas & Broadway) It’s not always easy to find affordable restaurants in midtown, let alone a sushi restaurant. Sushi Zen has some great sushi and your wallet will thank you… their sushi rolls range from $8-$16.

Please share with us your NYC cheap eats experiences on our Facebook page!  Take a look below and some of our tasty photos!

P.S. Make sure to check out our fellow foodie and traveler Carole’s Blog!

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